At his Saturday rally in Wyoming, President Donald Trump slammed Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) for her love of “endless, nonsensical, bloody wars.” He called the House incumbent and her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney “warmongers” who promote a reckless foreign policy that has led to American involvement in international humanitarian disasters.
Trump said the two Cheneys are “diehard globalists” who have promoted new overseas conflicts for decades. He told the enthusiastic crowd that Liz Cheney’s love for international conflict is what led her to vote against bringing U.S. troops home from Syria.
Cheney was strongly opposed to Trump’s decision to take the American military out of Syria in 2019 in advance of an expected invasion of the region by Turkey. Cheney said Trump’s call was a “catastrophic mistake.”
Trump went on to say that Liz Cheney is at “the front of the parade” to get the U.S. into a shooting war with Russia or “anyone else that wants to bite.”
Cheney has been a strident supporter of America’s involvement in international conflicts, especially the recent aid packages provided to Ukraine in its defense against the Russian invasion. She wrote an opinion piece in conjunction with Rep. Jake Auchincloss (D-MA) published earlier this month in the Washington Post arguing for even more continuing and increased military aid for Ukraine.
Trump had sharp criticism for the most recent Ukrainian aid package worth $40 billion approved by Congress. In a media statement earlier this month, he said Democrats and Republicans like Cheney are sending even more money the country does not have as “America’s parents are struggling to even feed their children.”
Cheney has become a relentless Trump enemy and has spoken out harshly against his claims of election fraud affecting the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. She voted to impeach him after the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, and was hand-picked by Speaker Nancy Pelosi to serve on her committee investigating the events of that day.
Trump told the Wyoming crowd that Cheney is the “face of the Washington swamp” and is an “America last” politician. He derided her support of the foreign policy of the Clinton, Bush, Obama, and Biden administrations, making her emblematic of the “entire sick political establishment.”
According to recent polling, Cheney trails her leading opponent in the Republican primary contest for Wyoming’s sole House seat by 30 points. Harriet Hageman is supported by 56% of Republicans in the state while Cheney has 26% of the vote.